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ERIC Number: EJ877538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1556-3847
Perpetual Enrollment Online Courses: Advantages, Administration, and Caveats
Fekula, Michael J.
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v13 n1 Spr 2010
Although the advent of online learning has revolutionized the delivery of education, from the average student's perspective there have been few radical innovations in the general administration of pure online courses since their inception. With some exceptions the scheduling of online courses generally aligns with the university calendar, while professors adopt a delivery timetable parallel to the classroom. Although the technology continually improves, the experience of the students regarding the calendar remains the same. An alternative is to allow students to enroll in and complete a course at almost any point in time. These courses would operate continuously without a restricted start or end date. This paper poses the advantages and design considerations for perpetual enrollment online courses, as well as caveats. This proposal will be too radical for some institutions, but first-movers will have an advantage in attracting students from an untapped market. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A